This comprehensive reading lesson is designed for small group Guided Reading instruction. The lesson could also be used as a whole class read aloud. The lesson follows a before–during-after reading format and typically takes about 2-3 days for 20 minutes each day. The lesson plan includes a focused reading strategy, comprehension prompts, vocabulary building activities, graphic organizers, a quiz and writing activity. The activities provide concrete evidence of comprehension and vocabulary building. The book is not included.
- Guided Reading Lesson Plan: Full lesson plan on one page.
- Ask & Answer Questions graphic organizer: Students ask and answer questions to demonstrate their understanding of the text and make inferences.
- Vocabulary Activities: Two options for graphic organizers.
- Vocabulary Cards: For use during lesson and with additional vocabulary games or activities (see my TpT store for ideas and resources).
- Writing Activity: Students respond to the prompt by writing a short paragraph. Students cut and glue the paragraph into their notebooks OR glue to colored paper for display.
- Vocabulary & Comprehension Quiz: Use after reading and group discussion.
- Answer Keys & Writing Rubric
Before Reading (Day 1)
-Provide a brief introduction of the text and genre.
-Introduce and explain Ask & Answer Questions organizer and vocabulary organizer.
During Reading (Day 1-2)
-Students read the text silently at their own pace. Listen and confer with individual students, use the comprehension prompts to help them think deeper about the story. Assist students in determining meanings of words.
After Reading (Day 2-3)
-Discuss the text using the discussion prompts and graphic organizer.
-Discuss vocabulary words and meaning as used in the text.
-Have students respond to the writing prompt by writing a short paragraph.
ABOUT THE BOOK & AUTHOR
Crow Boy was published in 1955. The story takes place in a village school in Japan and is about a small boy, Chibi, who is shunned and teased by his classmates because he is different. A new teacher reaches out to Chibi and uncovers Chibi’s hardships as well as secret talents. The moving story provides students with the opportunity to reflect on how they treat students who are different. The book won a Caldecott Honor in 1956.
Taro Yashimo is the pen name for Jun Atsushi Iwanatsu, a Japanese artist and author. He joined peaceful protests in Japan prior to World War II and was subsequently jailed. He moved to the United State in 1939 and assumed the name Taro Yashimo to protect family back in Japan.